A Little Kitchen Tip

July 24, 2012

by Ann Waterman

As you may or may not know, I have a penchant for re-purposing containers, and after reading Margaret’s brilliant idea for converting a mason jar into a salt dispenser, I was inspired to make my own little kitchen fix.

I’ve been doing a lot of baking lately, and one of my pet peeves is baking soda boxes. Most are tab-opened, leaving the soda open to air and moisture — and good luck if the box tips over. Many baking powder containers, on the other hand, have that ingenious metal ledge that allows you to level your measuring spoon as you take the contents out of the container.

Solution? Next time you’ve worked your way through a baking powder container — which may require you to make lots of chocolate chip cookies (I know, what a pain) — remove the label, pour your baking soda into it, and affix the appropriate label indicating the contents. Problem solved!

You could also do this with corn starch, another product that comes in unhelpful packaging. And if you’re a neatnik, this idea helps create uniformity in your cabinets.

What’s your favorite way to re-purpose containers?

Image: Ann Waterman

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1 Agnes July 24, 2012 at 12:42 pm

This is a really clever concept! Well done! I’m not much of a re-user of containers, but I did purchase lovely heavy tin canisters and fill and refill them all the time.


Ann Waterman 2 Ann Waterman July 24, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Thanks! Sometimes I surprise myself!


3 Alissa Lively July 24, 2012 at 1:20 pm



4 Nona July 24, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Great idea!


5 Samantha July 24, 2012 at 2:50 pm

What a great idea! I love the little baking powder containers have, and curse whenever I have to use baking soda because it isn’t as easy getting it out without making a mess.


Ann Waterman 6 Ann Waterman July 24, 2012 at 10:29 pm

I was just using my baking soda container tonight and loving how easy and mess-free it was to use.


7 Lauren July 24, 2012 at 7:49 pm

You are a genius. I am now pinning you! Great idea!


8 Jimmy July 24, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Whenever I re-use a kitchen jar or old packaging, I like to label them with those “Hello” stickers. Adds a little fun: http://www.thebookofjimmy.com/from-the-department-of-stupidly-simple-solutions-hello-labels/


Ann Waterman 9 Ann Waterman July 24, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Jimmy, that’s a great idea! Love it!


10 John July 24, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Are those DeMarle at Home measuring spoons?


Ann Waterman 11 Ann Waterman July 24, 2012 at 11:22 pm

I picked them up at Crate and Barrel:


Love, love,love them!


12 Zoe Saint-Paul July 24, 2012 at 11:32 pm

Love this, Ann! Great tip.


13 SarahD July 25, 2012 at 6:54 pm

My solution has been to buy baking soda from Trader Joes, who sells it in little cans similar in shape to baking powder cans, and to buy Argo (?) cornstarch, which also comes in a squarish plastic can. Aagh, I’m buying based on packaging! 😉


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